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Police say boy, 11, made up San Pedro kidnap tale

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POSTED April 4, 2013 10:02 p.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles police say an 11-year-old boy was lying when he told detectives he was kidnapped by a man in a black mask as he walked home from his San Pedro school.

The Daily News reports the boy later admitted to police that he made up the story Wednesday to avoid discipline from his parents, possibly to explain his whereabouts after school.

He initially said the kidnapper chased him down, put duct tape on his mouth and dragged him into a car.

Police Lt. Sue Willis says the 6th-grader eventually confessed that he simply took off when his parents were late picking him up after classes ended at Dana Middle School. He bought candy and walked around town.

Willis says any discipline will be up to the boy's parents.


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